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Opinion

Racin exposure not acceptable

Editorial

Emergency responders could have been exposed to a lethal poison during a recent federal emergency drill. What’s more, it’s not much of a stretch to wonder what might have happened if an accident allowing release of the deadly ricin had occurred, at the drill or in transport. That the ...

St. Clair Twp. trustees did the right thing

Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor: Our St. Clair Township trustees recently had to make a difficult and quite expensive decision to purchase two new trucks and associated equipment for the welfare of our residents and to provide safe and quality roads for everyone in particular during the winter season. It ...

Continue your support of local charities

Editorial

As the bills for Christmas present spending come in next month, many of us will scratch our heads and wonder, “Where did all the money go?” Those who try to keep charitable organizations running wonder the same thing. Many of them stretch their budgets to — and sometimes past — the ...

Drugs also victimize the children

Editorial

One of the most disturbing photographs we have seen during recent years may have a happy ending, area residents learned just before Christmas. You may remember the picture, which was circulated nationally. It was of a 4-year-old boy, strapped in a car seat in the back seat of an SUV in ...

Deterring false claims of ‘hate crime’

Editorial

Many of the “hate crimes” Americans are accused of never happened. Preventing real crimes based on bigotry and punishing those responsible when they occur is more difficult as a result of such “fake news.” It happened again in Ann Arbor, Mich. There, a Muslim student at the ...

Celebrate Christmas

Editorial

For many of us, this will be a busy day. Last-minute Christmas shopping simply must be finished. Then there are all those presents to wrap. Friends and family are stopping over, so some housecleaning is in order. And someone has to cook dinner for tonight and begin preparations for the big ...

Curbing truancy in Ohio schools

Editorial

Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that treats truancy as a problem for schools and parents to solve, rather than a crime to be dealt with by the courts. That is probably a good thing, so long as students — and, let us face it, some older students are no longer “children” — do not get ...

Thanks & Spanks

Thanks and Spanks

THANKS, writes a reader, to the East Liverpool Junior High School cross country team for the holiday surprise candy canes. It was a nice display of the true spirit of the season. THANKS, writes a reader, to The Radical Rosie’s Red Hats and friends for the donations of T-shirts, socks and ...

Lawmakers should rethink their priorities

Editorial

One of the nation’s most important highways — the Ohio River — was bottlenecked in our area for a few days because of a disturbing failure by the federal government. Last Wednesday, workers at the New Cumberland Locks and Dam noticed a sheen on the water in the lock chamber. ...

Restoring reason to energy policy

Editorial

Coal miners and tens of millions of Americans who rely on affordable electricity have few friends in Washington. One ally on which they should have been able to count, the U.S. Department of Energy, has been missing in inaction for nearly eight years. That should change early next year, ...